Daniil Kvyat returned to contemporary Formula One machinery on Friday as he concluded running during the two-day private tyre test at Fiorano. The Russian auto racing driver, currently working as a development driver for the Maranello team, completed 118 laps on Pirelli’s Full Wet tyres in the SF71-H, with the circuit artificially watered to allow for wet conditions.
It followed on from Italian reserve driver Antonio Giovinazzi’s 124 laps on Intermediate tyres on Thursday. The two-day outing marked the first of Pirelli’s in-season tyre tests, which are set to take place at regular intervals across the remainder of 2018.
Under current regulations, official tyre supplier Pirelli is permitted up to 25 days of running per season in order to develop its tyres for future campaigns. The running is split between all 10 current teams, who supply current-year cars, with action taking place at various venues across the year. Teams are not permitted to run any upgrades, whilst data from the test is shared between all squads.
It marked Daniil Kvyat’s first appearance in Scuderia Ferrari’s contemporary Formula 1 car, having joined the team as a development driver at the start of 2018. The Russian started 72 races for Red Bull and Toro Rosso between 2014 and 2017, taking two podium finishes, but was axed following last year’s United States Grand Prix.